After three games on the trot away from home, Harps will be looking forward to playing at Finn Park once again on Friday. And home games are a bit of a rarity these days for Ollie Horgan’s side who will face another three away games in succession after the Rovers game this weekend.
Harps, who knocked Wexford Youths out of the FAI Cup at Ferrycarrig Park last Friday, go into Friday’s game on the back of an unbeaten run of nine games. Indeed, Horgan’s side have lost only once now in fifteen games and will go into the game against Rovers on Friday in confident mood.
As usual though, Horgan is urging caution as his troops try to force their way into an end of season play-off place.
“Shamrock Rovers have won their last two games, including putting six past Cobh”, said Horgan.
“They are a very confident young side that have a new freshness and excitement about them. Chris Lyons has scored in each of last two games including a hat trick, as has Cian Kavanagh, a talented young player among many others.
“They have already beaten us in Ballybofey so they won't have any fear of coming there again”, he said.
Friday’s game will be the fourth meeting between the two sides this season, and the second at Finn Park. All three previous meetings have finished with the away team the victor. Harps will be hoping that home advantage counts this time.
On the team front, Darragh Black (shoulder) remains sidelined while Packie Mailey is a doubt with a knee injury. Otherwise, Horgan will have a full panel to choose from.
Diarmaid Doherty will have live updates from Finn Park on Highland Radio.